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Giraffes are on their way to becoming extinct — thanks to humans

  • There’s a troubling new report from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on giraffes.
  • The global giraffe population is shrinking fast, and giraffes may be on their way to extinction.
  • According to the IUCN’s report, “the global giraffe population has plummeted by up to 40% over the last 30 years,” which represents a “devastating decline.”
  • Giraffes are under threat from “illegal hunting, habitat loss and changes through expanding agriculture and mining, increasing human-wildlife conflict, and civil unrest.” Read more

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Writing Tip: Hope and Despair

Hello! Today I wanted to share a writing tip I learned in my fiction class because it’s something that really clicked with me.

The Push and Pull of Hope and Despair 

This means always having both hope and despair in a scene. In the moments of hope, the brightest moments, the character should still be experiencing a small sting of despair. In the darkest moments, the moments of despair, there is still a flicker of hope. 

Without despair in the hope, there is lack of tension and conflict. Nothing is at unrest. The story might as well stop now, because the character doesn’t feel that painful twinge of conflict even if it’s small. Without hope in the despair, at those incredibly dark moments we will feel the story is too hopeless to be realistically resolved, there will be nothing to drive the protagonist forward. 

Despair in the hope keeps the reader going–conflict is what makes a story interesting. Hope in the despair keeps the character going–they need to maintain the possibility of resolution, or at least some sense of hope, in order to remain active and try to achieve their goal. 

Think of your story as an interplay of hope and despair. As the protagonist finds moments of hope, the despair fades but never disappears. As they fall into despair, the hope remains a pulse in the background that keeps them moving forward. 

There is despair in the hope, and there is hope in the despair. One without the other isn’t satisfying, since it’s their interaction–their push and pull–that drives the story forward. 

SYRIA, ALEPPO : Syrian girls, carrying school bags provided by UNICEF, walk past the rubble of destroyed buildings on their way home from school on March 7, 2015 in al-Shaar neighbourhood, in the rebel-held side of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Heavy fighting shook the Syrian city of Aleppo on march 6, 2015 as the exiled opposition chief said for the first time that President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster need not be a pre-condition for peace talks.    AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI                        

HEBRON : The clothes of a Palestinian student from Hebron University burn after he set himself on fire while throwing a Molotov cocktail towards Israeli soldiers and border police during clashes after the protesters blocked the main north entrance of the West Bank town of Hebron with stones and tyres on October 13, 2015. The rising tide of unrest, which has seen a series of stabbing attacks and violent protests, has raised fears that a full-scale third Palestinian uprising, or intifada, could erupt. AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER                        

Unrest in Kryta - A Hidden Achievement

So along with the new bandit executioners- there’s another little achievement you can pick up that’s more lore related. 

Informed politics rewards 11 total AP and a “Satchel of Poster Making Supplies” (dropped some scribing paper and and an unidentified dye for me) The achievement involves hunting down scattered throughout Kryta are some posters expressing dissent at the current status of Kryta’s government- including dissent that hits close to the Pact Commander.

(”While our heroes fight dragons in distant lands, our homes are under attack. When will the crown’s protection return?”)

UKRAINE, Donetsk : A coffin and a stretcher stand outside the mortuary of Donetsk’s Kalinina hospital on March 5, 2015. Ukraine observed a day
of mourning after 32 miners perished in a blast in the notoriously
dangerous mine of Zasyadko just a few kilometres from the frontline,
where Kiev is reporting an increase in attacks by pro-Russian
separatists. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL

From 1998 to 2011, photographer Jason Howe covered conflicts in Colombia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, where he took this image of a wounded British soldier who had stepped on an IED. Though he felt an obligation to document such horrors, the constant danger and stress of the job eventually led him into a deep depression. ‘My pictures hadn’t made any difference, so I couldn’t see the point to anything,’ he says. ‘Why bother getting up? Why bother washing?’

Read more and watch a short film about Howe: War Photographer Jason Howe’s battle with PTSD, via Telegraph